It was fun meeting known faces in a place so far far away from home.
On one of the days, I met with the devotee-soldier, Partha Sarathi Das. He had just returned from the battle fields of Iraq and was spending few weeks at Mayapur. Although I had never met him before, both of us were aware of each other through our blogs. I had expected someone very tough in mannerisms but Partha Sarathi prabhu was so timid, child-like, friendly and jovial. When a common devotee friend took me to the room where he was sitting, he immediately got up, gave a huge smile and a hug. And whenever he saw a devotee whom he recognized, he would be so pleased to see them. His body language clearly gave the other person the idea that he truly enjoyed their company. While I was with him, I was thinking about all the hardships he faced everyday while at war and how he kept his devotional service and attitude intact. So inspiring.
Partha prabhu, it was great meeting you and spending that time with you at Mayapur. Thank you for all your kinds words and I am so happy that you visit my blog often. I still remember you telling me as soon as we met at Mayapur, “What’s wrong? Haven’t seen any article from you in a while…keep writing! “.
Hope I get to meet you again. Actually, we would love to have you visit us in Melbourne !